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VIBE Raps With Drop The Lime: A DJ with Gun Slingin' Swagger

How many homeboys out there have a passion for bass and a thirst for blood, who wear black suspenders and slick their hair up into a Johnny Cash-bluesy lookin' fade? Meet Drop the Lime, with a new album Enter the Night, which just dropped on Ultra Music. You can peep it for FREE on AOL (http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/5?), where a listening party is being hosted through July 9th. The cuts on Enter the Night —written and recorded between his Brooklyn home base, London and New Orleans—evoke an outlaw spirit with a modern twist. What does that mean? Let the man himself holler at you…

VIBE: When an entity as large as AOL hosts your music does it affirm that you’ve arrived?
Drop the Lime: I guess so. I’m just making crazy music and it happens to be going out all over the world now so I’ve guessed I’ve done it. I DID IT MOM!

For someone who has never heard your music before, please describe it for VIBE readers specifically.
I would say it’s dance music drunk on rock n’ roll.
   
It sounds a bit like music in the movie From Dusk til Dawn...Are you a Quentin Tarantino fan?
Huge Quentin Tarantino fan! It’s funny you say that, someone in a recent interview asked me “If you had to pick one movie that your album [Enter the Night] is like, which one?” and I told them that film.
 
Being a native New Yorker, what are some your favorite hang out spots in the city?
Aw man, I mean I was in Brooklyn, and there’s so many amazing bars out here. I’m a big fan of cocktails, so I like hanging out at stops like The Flat or Hank’s.

Is there an electronic dance music (EDM) rivalry that can be equated to hip-hop's East Coast (Biggie) vs West Coast (Tupac)?
 You mean EDM gangs? I wish there was. We need more fights and more beefs in EDM. We all love each other so much – everything is so similar.

Do you see parallels between what’s happening in EDM now and the explosion of hip-hop in the late '80s to early '90s?
It’s pretty crazy that now hip-hop is very club and club is very hip-hop. The rise of rap music, for example, and then artists like Pit Bull or Rihanna using dance beats. So it’s like things have swapped. I’d say the rise of hip-hop in the 90’s is different than now, because it was very tied to fashion, as well, and I can’t really think of a fashion that’s contributed to EDM except for like the furry raver girls.

Drake or Chris Brown?
Ha! Drake. I like his production and songs, plus he has a good attitude. I can’t hang with someone like Chris Brown, beating up Rihanna or striking anyone like that

If you had to choose one rapper to collaborate with who would it be and why?
Method Man. Let’s get some old Wu Tang up in here. So Method Man, or anyone from Dipset.

Who is your dream woman?
Dream woman? No. I still haven’t found my dream woman. I haven’t found my Marilyn or Bettie Page. I think she’s still out there.

Can you sing, rap, play instruments?
Yeah, it’s all me. It’s all me singing, playing guitar, playing drums, playing piano – I played everything on the album. The only exception was a few string players for songs that involved a string quartet.

For an in-depth track-by-track breakdown of Enter the Night, check out http://bit.ly/LOOqT9.

Check him live:

Fri 7/6: Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
Sat 7/7: Calgary, AB The Hi-Fi Club
Fri 7/13: Ottawa, ON, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Sat 7/14: New York, Le Bain at The Standard

Pre-order Drop the Lime’s Enter The Night. http://smarturl.it/enterthenight 

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T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

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Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

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Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

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XXXTentacion – Skins

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There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

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Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

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Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

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